On the Atlantic Coast of Andalusia, you can find Costa de la Luz. Here, deep in the Parque Natural del Acantilado, there is a small but unspoiled community known as Caños de Meca.
Known for its stunning beaches, backed by cliffs and pine trees and also being the hometown of singer/actress Lola Flores, its reputation has grown more and more.
Travellers, especially wave-jumpers, slang for those adrenaline-addicted kite boarders, love to spend the summer here – as Caños de Meca is very generous with its wind.
Not being the typical resort destination, in order to come here you need to have a bit of adventure in you.
The two ways of reaching this destination are by taking one of the small roads from the coast near Vejer de la Frontera or by taking a minor road from the Pine forest from Barbate.
Don’t expect to see blocks of flats when you arrive; this little place has just a tiny bit of modern development, enough for you to be comfortable but not too much to remind you of city life.
It has the Parque Natural which protects the 100m high cliffs and pine trees.
Nightlife here is just as fun as where you’re from, only a lot more natural.
A popular restaurant “El Pirata” offers excellent seafood dishes, and across that, “La Cabana” specializes in a mostly Moroccan fare.
After a rich and pleasant meal in either restaurant, most visitors go down the cliff to the beach bars or chiringuitos, which turn into discos on hot summer nights. Closing time is when the last person leaves, or if not, when they fall asleep along the beach.
North West of Caños de Meca is Cape Trafalgar, protector of the town beaches and shipping. Not many people know this but it was from this point that the Battle of Trafalgar was fought back in 1850. The Admiral – Admiral Nelson, although outnumbered, fought a legendary battle against the Spanish fleet and won. Naturally, why remember the guy if he lost.
No need to worry about spoiling wild life or nature here. The superb wildlife and golden beaches are protected and safe from development.
There is no doubt a heaping of natural wonders in Caños de Meca, and even in the Costa de la Luz “wild” beaches. Starting from Coto Doñana Park; with wild boars, lynx and rare birds – to the trendy and interesting characters you will find in the wind and kite-surfing spot, Tarifa. It’s heavenly tranquillity waiting for you.